Localism, Narrative & Myth
Tuesday 23rd July 6.30 − 8.00 / Balsall Heath Library
What does it mean to live 'locally'? How do stories help us understand the 'local'? What is ‘local’?
Professor Antonia Layard & storyteller Martin Maudsley will discuss 'Localism, Narrative & Myth’, a project that brings together academics and storytellers to consider how narratives of the local and local governance can help us understand different perspectives of ‘the local’ that the Localism Act is so busily trying to regulate.
Antonia Layard is Professor of Law and Geography at Birmingham Law School. Antonia’s research is in law and geography where she explores how law, legality and maps construct space, place and 'the local'. She has particular interests in the legal provisions and practices involved in largescale regeneration and infrastructure projects and teaches courses on property, planning and environmental law.
Martin Maudsley is a professional storyteller based in the South West of England. He programmes and performs Storytelling at the Brewery Theatre (Tobacco Factory) in Bristol and runs a storytelling stage at Shambala Festival. In 2007 he established Bristol Storytelling Festival and was its Artistic Director for a successful 7 years. He also has a doctorate on the population ecology of cereal aphids.